Wednesday, December 24, 2014

11 Reasons You Shouldn't Drink - Work at Home Men | Health Tip #2

Men shouldn't consume alcohol. It is understood that men not only traditionally enjoyed alcohol, but that it has been part of society as a whole for thousands of years.  Enthusiasts would even argue that the advancement of our civilizations would not have been possible without alcohol use.  None of those things will be disputed or argued. The goal of this post is to identify potential health issues that arise for men related to drinking.

11 Reasons You Shouldnt Drink - Anemia
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Anemia

Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and binds oxygen. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen.

Cancer

Heavy or regular alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, colon, and rectum. The risk of developing cancer increases with the amount of alcohol a person drinks.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (also called heart disease) is a class of diseases that involve the heart, the blood vessels, arteries, capillaries, and veins.


Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcohol abuse. The liver carries out several necessary functions, including detoxifying harmful substances in your body, cleaning your blood and making vital nutrients.

Dementia

Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior.

Legal Problems

Criminal Record, jail time, loss of license, loss of car, increased insurance, fines, mandated treatment, community service, interlock devices, fines, legal fees, court costs, .... (the list goes on!)


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Depression

There’s also a strong link between serious alcohol use and depression. The question is, does regular drinking lead to depression, or are depressed people more likely to drink too much? Both are possible.  Don't get caught in that cycle, it's simply not worth it.  My grandfather once said, "You drink to forget about your problems, but when you wake up the next day, your problems still remain, and now you have a headache on top of it!"

Gout

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe. Gout is complex form of arthritis. Men are more likely to get gout than women, especially men who drink.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is when your blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg or above most of the time.  Drinking alcohol greatly increases your chances of high blood pressure, particularly in men.

Nerve Damage (Neuropathy)

Alcohol can be toxic to nerve tissue. People who drink too much may start to feel pain and tingling in their limbs. This is known as alcoholic neuropathy. In people with alcoholic neuropathy, the peripheral nerves have been damaged by too much alcohol use. The peripheral nerves transmit signals between the body, the spinal cord, and the brain.


Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. Pancreatic damage happens when the digestive enzymes are activated before they are released into the small intestine and begin attacking the pancreas.

Not enough to convince you? Just remember, when the doctor comes in and tells you that you have one of these life threatening conditions, that you will have no one to blame but yourself.

If you or someone you know may be an alcoholic that is actively seeking help, visit Alcoholics Anonymous for more information.  You can also call the National Drug and Alcohol Treatment center at 1-800-662-HELP.